Written by: Hosting Coupons on June 29, 2014
When you sign up for a domain name (example.com, example.org, example.co.uk etc.), you’re required by the domain registrar to provide your address amongst other details. This wouldn’t be a problem if they were kept with the registrar, but they can actually be searched for. Type in ‘whois check’ in a search engine, and you’ll be presented with
Whilst this may not be a problem if you’re using a company address, if the domain is just for a personal blog and is registered to a home address, you likely won’t want anyone being able to see your address.
If you’re a non-trading individual (whether in the UK or not), to protect your privacy, you can omit your address from being shown in the WHOIS results.
Your name will still be shown, but your address will be hidden from anyone searching.
If you have a .co.uk domain, and you’re a non-trading you can enable WHOIS privacy, Nominet can help. Sign up for a ‘Online Services’ account.
Navigate to the Domain List area, then click the domain in question.
Once you can see the below details, hit the edit button next to Registrant.
You’ll then see the details of your domain. Click the drop-down box for Registrant Type, and select either UK Individual or Non-UK Individual depending on your situation. Once you’ve selected one of the Individual options, you’ll need to click the ‘Yes – keep my details private’ radio button.
Of course, be sure that you are actually an individual and not a company.